International – Partnerships, European projects

International collaborations, in Europe and often beyond, are at the heart of IN2P3's research activities. To this end, the Institute has developed specific structures devoted to setting up and supporting European and international projects.

An open global strategy

The Institute has many bilateral and multilateral collaborations with its partners in Europe and around the world. With them it is involved in defining common research and funding strategies and initiating programmes that meet its needs and activities. Three objectives are targeted: developing excellence, deploying major infrastructures and encouraging the mobility of researchers.

Members of more than 80 nationalities are present in IN2P3 laboratories, with around 30% of staff being foreign. This mix reflects the links forged over the years with leading countries in the fields of nuclear physics, particle physics and astroparticle physics, but also a growing presence of these fields of research in emerging countries.

To encourage and support these collaborations, IN2P3 has a department devoted to setting up and supporting European and international projects (Partnership, Europe and International Cooperation Department). This provides advice, expertise and legal monitoring, as well as links with dedicated CNRS departments (including the European Research and International Cooperation Department - DERCI - and CNRS representative offices abroad and in Brussels) to support researchers in their international endeavours.

Present on five continents

IN2P3 international strategy extends to several continents beyond Europe, and in recent years it has been extended to South America and Asia in particular. Collaborations are carried out within the context of framework and specific agreements between IN2P3 and its international partners. The vast majority of these are based on major research infrastructures around the world:

Aperçu des principaux laboratoires partenaires et des projets de recherche internationaux auxquels contribue l’institut.

CNRS international cooperation tools

IN2P3 research teams also use CNRS international cooperation tools designed to support collaborations and researcher mobility:


  • 22 International Emerging Actions (IEA): Selected through an annual call for projects, these joint research programmes are devoted to emerging research topics between two international partners.
  • 2 International Research Networks (IRN): TERASCALE (International research network on the experimental and theoretical search for new physics at the TeV scale) and EUREA (European ultra-relativistic energies agreement).
  • 10 International Research Programmes (IRP): With Argentina (ALFA-AC), Brazil (Subatomic Physics), Italy (COLL-AGAIN), Czech Republic (NuAG), Poland (COPIGAL), Romania (COSMA), Ukraine (IDEATE), Russia (JOULE), India (FI-NS) and Japan (NuPIC).
  • 5 International Research Laboratories (IRL): Centre Pierre Binetruy (USA), FCPPL (China), FKPPL (South Korea), Kavli-IPMU (Japan), TYL-FJPPL (Japan).

Access to European funding

European projects are an important source of funding to structure research within the Union. IN2P3 encourages its researchers to respond to the calls for proposals of the current European Commission's Framework Programme for Research and Development, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).

IN2P3 supports the Institute's teams in the definition, set-up, management and implementation of European research programmes, in collaboration with CNRS Regional Delegations present at the local level.

It maintains a network of European correspondents present in each of its laboratories.

By interacting with MESRI (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation) and CNRS office in Brussels, IN2P3 monitors and participates in the implementation and definition of Horizon 2020 and the next Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027).


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Chargée des affaires européennes
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IN2P3's participation in Horizon 2020

H2020 programme is organised as three main pillars which fund projects in all existing research fields: scientific excellence, industrial leadership, societal challenges. These main pillars are complemented by several transversal programmes and EURATOM. IN2P3 is mainly involved in the scientific excellence pillar, which includes the INFRA and ERC calls and the EURATOM programme. The projects funded may be collaborative or individual.

Collaborative projects

Since 2014, the European Commission has selected and funded collaborative projects, enabling European Union member countries to carry out large-scale research programmes. In the framework of several calls, IN2P3 has steered 25 such projects, including 3 that are jointly coordinated with CNRS. They involve: the INFRA (European Research Infrastructures of Excellence) and EURATOM (research for the peaceful civil use of nuclear fission and fusion energy) calls, and also Marie-Curie RISE (research and staff exchanges), ICT (information and communication technologies) and Science with and for Society.

The STRONG-2020 project


The STRONG-2020 project is a structured initiative to address open questions in interaction studies that are strong in theory and experience. It builds on and goes beyond the previous Hadron Physics HP, HP2 and HP3 projects.

The results of STRONG-2020 will have a significant impact on the study of strong interactions and the Standard Model. The project will also contribute to fundamental physics research beyond the Standard Model and will have an impact on other scientific fields such as astrophysics and the theories of complex systems that are strongly coupled in matter.

STRONG-2020 is financed to the tune of 10 million euros, piloted by IN2P3 and started in mid-2019. Barbara Erazmus, a physicist at IN2P3, is coordinating the project, which brings together 44 European institutions and includes 36 countries involved in research in this field.

The ESCAPE project


The ESCAPE project brings together partners from astronomy and particle physics who are collaborating to build the European Open Science Cloud. - EOSC.

EOSC is an initiative of the Member States of the European Union. This European Cloud will provide universal access to research data via a single online platform. The EOSC will federate existing resources in national data centres, digital and research infrastructures, enabling researchers and the general public to access and reuse data produced by other scientists.

ESCAPE actions aim to provide solutions to integrate scientific data, tools, services and software; to foster common approaches to implement open data management; to establish interoperability within the EOSC as an integrated multi-probe facility for basic science.

The ESCAPE is financed to the tune of 16 million euros, piloted by IN2P3 and started early in 2019. Giovanni Lamanna, a physicist of IN2P3, is the scientific coordinator of this project.

Individual projects of the European Research Council (ERC)

IN2P3 researchers are strongly involved in the European Research Council (or ERC) programme. This was created in 2007 and it awards individual research grants based on criteria of scientific excellence for a maximum duration of five years. A total of thirteen IN2P3 researchers have been awarded ERC grants, allowing them to conduct exploratory research in very good conditions:


  • Starting Grant for young researchers - two to seven years after their thesis (up to 2.5 million euros): awarded to Raphaël Granier de Cassagnac, Marianne Lemoine-Goumard, Cédric Deffayet, Guillaume Pignol, Julien Billard, Raphaël Dupré;
  • Consolidator Grant for researchers - seven to twelve years after their thesis (up to 3 million euros): awarded to Giulia Manca, Vladimir Gligorov, Yolanda Prezado, Justine Serrano;
  • Advanced Grant for senior researchers (up to 3.5 million euros): Grant winners Elias Kiritsis, Andrea Giukiani, Paulo Privitera;
  • Synergy Grant for a group of 2 to 4 researchers, without conditions of experience (up to 14 million euros);
  • Proof of Concept for laureates, to support the development of results obtained in the framework of an ERC grant.

ERC-CNRS website

ERC logoThe ERC-CNRS website lists CNRS European Research Council laureates since 2007. This site is intended for scientific and institutional researchers in France and around the world and aims to promote the winners and encourage scientists to participate in the ERC.

International agenda

A list of international meetings that bring IN2P3 and its foreign partners together.


COPIN - Annual meeting IN2P3-COPIN (Poland)

  • 29/01/2020 in Paris, France
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3-COPIN


INFN - Bilateral Meeting IN2P3-INFN

  • 03/02/2020 in Rome, Italy
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, INFN


GSI - Annual meeting

  • 05/02/2020, Germany, by videoconference
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, CEA, GSI


JINR - Bilateral Meeting IN2P3-JINR

  • 11/02/2020 in Paris, France
  • Participants :  Directions IN2P3, JINR


STFC - Bilateral Meeting IN2P3/STFC

  • 16/03/2020 in Paris, France
  • Participants : directions IN2P3, CEA, STFC


DOE - Bilateral meeting IN2P3-DOE Etats-Unis

  • 3-4/12/2019 in Paris, France
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3-DOE Office of Sciences


IHEP - Bilateral meeting IN2P3-IHEP


  • 27/04/2019 in Shanghai, China
  • Participants : Directions FCPPL, IHEP


UC Berkeley 

  • 01/04/2019 in Berkeley, United-States
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, UC Berkeley Physics Department


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Laboratory visit



  • 01/04/2019 in Berkeley, United-States
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, LBNL Physics Division


INFN - Bilateral meeting IN2P3-INFN

  • 13/03/2019 in Paris, France
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, INFN


European Union DG CONECT - Meeting

  • 25/02/2019 à Bruxelles, Belgique
  • Direction IN2P3/DG CONNECT


JINR - Bilateral meeting IN2P3-JINR

  • 13/02/2019 in Dubna, Russia
  • Participants :  Directions IN2P3, JINR


COPIN - Annual meeting

  • 05-06/02/2019 in Krakow, Poland
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, COPIN


GSI - Annual meeting

  • 10/01/2019, Germany, by videoconference
  • Participants : Directions IN2P3, CEA, GSI


STFC - Réunion bilatérale IN2P3/STFC

  • Du 8 au 9/11/2018 à Didcot, Grande-Bretagne

  • Participants : directions IN2P3, CEA, STFC


GSI/FAIR - Visite de laboratoire

  • 23/10/2018 à Darmstadt, Allemagne

  • Participants : directions IN2P3, GSI/FAIR